Enrollment of nurses into educational programs is a concern for the nursing profession. With an aging workforce, it is important to understand why nurses do not enroll in online nursing programs. The purpose of this research study was to describe nursing students’ decision making processes and name critical elements in their decision not to enroll in online bachelor nursing (BSN) completion courses. This basic qualitative study utilized telephone interviews to collect information from nurses who were admitted to a BSN completion program but failed to enroll in courses. The participants were nurses who had gained acceptance into an online BSN completion program at a small Midwestern university but that did not enroll in classes. Exploratory analysis is the traditional inductive approach to data analysis. The participants described their decision in a narrative describing the content and context considered during that process. Analysis of the factors developed five themes: (a) money, (b) health, (c) curriculum, (d) time, and (e) support.
|Advisor:||Adelman, Deborah S., Hull, Edna|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Advancement, Completion programs, Enrollment, Nursing, Progression|
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